Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country has the latest on top offensive line target Trey Hill, as well as 4-star WR Anthony Schwartz.
Top OL target Trey Hill puts Auburn ‘in great shape’
AUBURN, Ala. — For the second time this season, Trey Hill visited Auburn for a home game.
It’s reached the point with the No. 2 guard in the nation that the Tigers no longer can be publicly ignored in the race for Hill. Georgia has always been in the picture, but it’s been Florida State, Clemson and others who have received most of the alternative buzz for Hill throughout his recruitment.
Hill’s number of visits to the Plains help tell the story. The Tigers might be the biggest threat to the Bulldogs, though — as much as Hill reveals — nobody can be counted out at this time.
“They’re in great shape. It’s just a matter of time where I want to land and when I want to commit,” Hill said. ”
Hill visited Auburn for the Georgia Southern game, and he was back for the win against Ole Miss.
From Week 1 to Week 6, Hill notes major improvements along the offensive line and with play-calling.
“They look much better than the Southern game from a simple fact they ran the ball more this game than the Southern game. They’re coming along with the throwing and all that,” Hill said. “That’s very important to see them score points and put them up on the board. That’s huge.”
So Hill has been at Auburn a lot, but what makes the Tigers a true factor?
For the first time really, Hill made it quite clear why. Hill watched the offensive line much more closely this most recent week compared to the last visit. And, with the restructured unit, Hill noted something quite important for an incoming freshman.
The Tigers line is filled with seniors — including two on the interior — which, especially compared to Georgia, gives him a much greater chance of seeing the field early at Auburn.
“From my perspective this time, I’ve seen what all they’ve really got — four seniors on the line, all of them are leaving next year. That would put me in a good position,” Hill said. “That’s very big, just to see where I can be on the field my first year.”
On top of that, Hill cites “the family atmosphere” as Auburn’s primary advantage right now, if he were to choose the Tigers over other programs.
Hill hasn’t given a timeline of when that could be. He’s an early enrollee, so there isn’t much time between now and then, but Hill isn’t tipping his hand.
Hill is likely to take a few official visits before deciding. Those will go to schools he doesn’t get the chance to visit regularly (in other words, not Auburn and Georgia). So far, Southern Cal is the only one planned, but he mentioned LSU and Ohio State as other possibilities.
Don’t expect Hill to narrow down a list of schools or set a commit date. Rather, he said he plans to, one day, “just go ahead and commit.”
Auburn’s commits made it clear they want him on the Plains.
“They’re just like, this is where it’s at. It’s a family atmosphere. It’s home,” Hill said. “It’s important because they obviously want me here.”
Why Auburn could be a factor for Anthony Schwartz
Four-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz told SEC Country last week that he’s down to two schools: Florida and Auburn.
Florida didn’t surprise anyone, as that’s where Schwartz has been projected to end up for basically his entire recruiting process. The Gators have been the team to beat since the beginning.
As for Auburn, the Tigers have seemed more like an outsider from start to finish. But they’re fully in this thing now. Schwartz visited over the weekend and stayed from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. He spent a lot of his time with commits, as well as fellow wide receiver target Justyn Ross.
Schwartz also took another peek at the Auburn track-and-field program. The strength of that team might very well be the sprinters, which is something that matters to Schwartz, considering he’s someone who has visited Houston for track purposes only, not football.
In regard to the football side of things, there’s one clear problem with Schwartz and Florida right now. The Gators already have five wide receivers in their class right now. It’s possible they lose one or two to a flip. It’s also possible they process one out on their own to create space.
But the availability of spots in Auburn’s class is much greater than at Florida. The Tigers only have two wide receivers — Shedrick Jackson and Matthew Hill — committed right now, and they’d be willing to add one or two more with Ross, Schwartz, Seth Williams and Tommy Bush as the four realistic names.
In other words, Schwartz-to-Auburn might not be as much of a long shot as previously believed.
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